BENEFITING: UNICEF USA
Sickle Cell Unit is based at one of our major public hospitals University of the West Indies and they cater to patients of all ages living with this painful and life threatening illness. Each year they host a teen camp aimed at educating teens about their illness and building their moral but due to socio-economic challenges most teens are unable to make it. There is also new process/ drug out on the market that the SCU has tested and it would cost US$60 a month for patients to access but this is still too expensive for our most of our 5000 recorded cases to afford. We would like to make the drug accessible especially to the babies who are diagnosed with SCD to prevent it becoming life threatening, i.e. strokes, lung failure etc. We would like to host a fundraising dinner, gala and silent auction to raise an unprecedented US$10,000 for the Unit. With an exchange rate of $115 jam to $1 US this money would do wonders and would truly change the lives of many. Securing local sponsorship has been difficult especially as most companies have awarded scholarships or done Back-to-School fairs honouring their social responsibility. The unit is in need.